Yeah, I know "Christmas already!" I hear you scream. It'll loom up on us quick again this year. Penny Black have released some 'preview' designs before their big launch of a complete Christmas range later this month. The preview range consists of 4 wood mounted stamps and 2 clear sets.
I've whipped up a couple of samples from one of the clear sets - Have a Holly Jolly (code: 30-039)
This cat and mouse design is so comical and I'm sure a few of us can relate to cats climbing up our Christmas trees and causing havoc.
All colouring has been achieved by using marvy le plume pens and watercolouring with them to give shading and colour intensity. The baubles and star have been ehanced with prism glitter to give them the all important Christmas bling.
The cheeky little mouse in the corner of the card, underneath the tree, has been coloured in to co-ordinate with the Bazzill cardstock:
All the pen colours and materials used for this card and the 2 following cards, can be found on the Sir Stampalot gallery.
Again, coloured with marvy pens, here's another design from the same clear set. I've used the greeting from the set, along the bottom of the card and just used some very small Bazzill brads to add some embellishment - still all very clean and simple. Of course, no Christmas card would be complete without the glitter, so Mr Snowman has some on his hat trimmings (I think I over-did the rosy cheeks!!):
I love this little mouse, he's so sweet. I've used a brad to attach some felt snowflakes from Hero Arts to the card.
I've again used the greeting from the set but this time, I stamped out words at a time (cleaning in between) so that I could create a more square greeting for my card rather than a long line - I also missed out the 'holly' word to show you that you can be quite versatile with any phrase and play around with them to create the look that you want. Just don't forget to clean the stamp well after each impression.
I then tried to be clever and used the inverted corner punch on all 4 corners of the mouse focal point so that it followed the curve of the snowflake embellishment.
However, the inverted corner round was the wrong angle of curve and so I made a feature with some little black peeloff circle frames and dots instead. This was a pure accident as well, as I was using tweezers to pick our only the tiny black peeloff dot from inside the black circle frame but picked up both and the dot shifted to one side. I felt it looked quirky, liked the look of it and just went for it. Then repeated for all 4 corners.
There are another 2 designs in the set that I haven't used - yet!!
If you want a sneaky peek at some of the wood mounted designs from this new Penny Black Christmas preview, then click over to Brenda's blog - Floral Fantasies. Brenda's an inspiration to us all and has some wonderful artwork along with very meaningful/thoughtful daily doses of write up.
Looking for a new challenge? Then go over and check out Dotty Divas. A brand new challenge blog based on ideas from adverts you see. Unfortunately the closing date for their design team has recently closed but there's heaps of potential for taking part and winning some stash. who can resist!! We are proudly sponsoring this challenge blog and I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone's creations.